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Does Gingivitis Always Progress to Periodontitis?

Posted on 6/3/2024 by Glen Perio
a 3d rendering of the stages of gum diseaseGingivitis is the earliest form of periodontitis, also called gum disease. Gingivitis is the stage of periodontal disease that is still preventable and treatable. Once gingivitis progresses to become periodontitis, it becomes incurable, and it can only be managed.

Gingivitis often leads to periodontitis when it undergoes a progressive process. The process starts with a buildup of dental plaque on your teeth as a result of poor oral hygiene. Letting the dental plaque continue its accumulation can result in the infection of the gums. The bacteria in the plaque produce toxins that cause gum inflammation. Your gums also turn reddish and bleed whenever you brush. These combined symptoms mark the onset of gingivitis.

If the swelling gums are left untreated, the infection can spread to the periodontal tissues and other structures supporting the teeth. The effects of the infection on critical teeth structures are a sign that gingivitis has progressed to periodontitis.

The Periodontitis Stage

When gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, the first sign emerges when your gums recede or pull away from the teeth. The recession creates pockets that harbor even more bacteria, worsening the periodontal disease. With time, periodontitis creates pockets that continue to deepen, leading to significant bone loss and the eventual loss of one or more teeth.

Early treatment of gingivitis is crucial. By recognizing the signs and symptoms of gingivitis and seeking treatment promptly, you can prevent its progression to periodontitis. This understanding should instill a sense of urgency and responsibility in you to take immediate action for your oral health.

How Can You Prevent Gum Disease?

Gum disease is preventable, and you have the power to do so. Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is the key. Brush your teeth regularly, ideally twice a day, to remove plaque and prevent its buildup on the teeth. Floss daily, at least once, to remove food particles from the interdental spaces.

You can also prevent gum disease by avoiding smoking or excessive alcohol consumption. Smoking and alcohol consumption weaken your immune system, making you susceptible to gum disease.

Why You Need to Call Us

Regular visits to your dentist, along with professional cleanings, play a significant role in preventing gum disease. Make an appointment with our dentists today for a thorough cleaning to keep gum disease at bay.

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Glenview, IL 60026
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